finasteride
(Propecia)

This medicine is an androgen hormone inhibitor used in men to treat urinary problems caused by an enlarged prostate gland (benign prostatic hyperplasia / BPH). It is also used to lower the risk of needing surgery to treat BPH. This medicine may also be used in combination with another medicine to reduce the progression of symptoms of BPH over time. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

This medicine is an androgen hormone inhibitor used in men to treat urinary problems caused by an enlarged prostate gland (benign prostatic hyperplasia / BPH). It is also used to lower the risk of needing surgery to treat BPH. This medicine may also be used in combination with another medicine to reduce the progression of symptoms of BPH over time. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
CAUTIONS: DO NOT TAKE THIS MEDICINE if you have had an allergic reaction to it or are allergic to any ingredient in this product. IT MAY TAKE 6 TO 12 MONTHS for this medicine to work. Do not stop taking this medicine without checking with your doctor. KEEP ALL DOCTOR AND LABORATORY APPOINTMENTS while you are taking this medicine. This medicine may alter certain laboratory test results, including prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests. Make sure all of your doctors and laboratory personnel know that you are taking this medicine. THIS MEDICINE MAY CAUSE DIZZINESS, lightheadedness, or fainting. Alcohol, hot weather, exercise, or fever may increase these effects. To prevent them, sit up or stand slowly, especially in the morning. Sit or lie down at the first sign of any of these effects. Use this medicine with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it. Using this medicine alone, with other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or to perform other potentially dangerous tasks. THIS MEDICINE MAY CAUSE DECREASED SEXUAL DESIRE OR ABILITY (eg, decrease in sex drive, problems with ejaculation, difficulty in achieving an erection). If this occurs, it may continue after you stop this medicine. If you develop decreased sexual desire or ability that continues or becomes bothersome, check with your doctor. If this effect continues after you stop this medicine, contact your doctor. DECREASED FERTILITY HAS BEEN REPORTED in some men taking this medicine. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor. THIS MEDICINE MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF CERTAIN BIRTH DEFECTS, including abnormal formation of genitalia in male fetuses. This medicine is coated to prevent contact with finasteride while handling undamaged tablets. The coating is not effective if the tablets are damaged, broken, or crushed. Women who are pregnant or may be pregnant should avoid contact with damaged, broken, or crushed tablets. If contact occurs, tell your doctor at once. THIS MEDICINE MAY INCREASE the risk of a certain type of prostate cancer. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor. RARELY, THERE HAVE BEEN CASES OF MALE BREAST CANCER reported in patients taking this medicine. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor. Tell your doctor right away if you develop breast changes such as lumps, pain, or nipple discharge. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT WHETHER you should use a barrier method of birth control (eg, condoms) if you have sex with a pregnant woman while taking this medicine. DO NOT DONATE BLOOD while you take this medicine and for at least 1 month after your last dose of this medicine to prevent exposure through a blood transfusion to a pregnant woman. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. FOR WOMEN: THIS MEDICINE IS NOT INTENDED FOR USE IN WOMEN. It may cause harm to the fetus if used during pregnancy. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk.
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